Kampala wedding massacre

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Kampala wedding massacre
Location Naguru, Kampala, Uganda
Date June 26, 1994
Target Wedding guests
Attack type
Mass shooting
Weapons Semi-automatic rifle
Deaths 27 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Richard Komakech

The Kampala wedding massacre was a mass murder that occurred at a wedding party in the Naguru neighborhood of Kampala, Uganda on June 26, 1994. The perpetrator, Richard Komakech, shot and killed 26 people at the party before he was apprehended and subsequently killed in revenge.


Richard Komakech, a private in the Ugandan military police, was attending the wedding when he requested a female guest, Irene Ati, to dance with him. Ati declined the offer, but Komakech repeatedly insisted she danced with him to the point he became aggressive and had to be separated from her. Komakech began rioting and was expelled from the festivities. The drunken private then went to fetch a semi-automatic rifle and returned to the party about ten minutes later. Komakech first killed Irene Ati, and then started shooting randomly at the guests, in which 14 people died on the spot (including Irene Ati) and 12 more later died in hospital, while 13 others were seriously wounded. Komakech eventually attempted to commit suicide with his rifle by shooting himself in the mouth, though he suffered only wounds to his forehead and pretended to be dead until police arrived. Although officers who apprehended Komakech tried to prevent the guests from lynching him, Irene Ati's father managed to break through the police cordon and killed Komakech by smashing in his skull. By the end of the massacre a total of 27 people had been killed.[1][2][3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 24 Killed for a dance, The Daily Topic (June 28, 1994)
  2. ^ Soldier kills 14, then turns gun on himself, New Straits Times (June 28, 1994)
  3. ^ Amokläufer tötet 26 Gäste einer Hochzeitsfeier, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (June 28, 1994)
  4. ^ Amoklauf eines ugandischen Soldaten - 26 Hochzeitsgäste erschossen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (June 28, 1994)
  5. ^ Amok an Hochzeit, Blick (June 28, 1994)